The 2015 edition of the Terasem Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons, themed “Moral and Legal Imperatives for Sentient AI” will take place in Second Life – Terasem sim – on Thursday, December 10, 2015. This is a can’t miss event with stellar speakers and content. You are invited!
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2015
9AM – 1PM PDT / 12PM – 4PM EDT / 5PM – 9PM GMT
IN HONOR OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
TERASEM ISLAND, SECOND LIFE
[SLURL – click here to teleport to Terasem]
MORAL AND LEGAL IMPERATIVES FOR SENTIENT AI
IN 2000, 2015 AND 2030
12:00 – 12:05PM
Welcome by Conference Moderator, Lori Rhodes, Terasem Movement, Inc.
12:05 – 12:15PM
Introduction by Lori Rhodes, Vice President and Legal Research Manager, Terasem Movement, Inc.
12:15 – 12:30PM
Writer for Mashable, The Guardian, and Slate,
Author of Heartificial Intelligence.
Title: VALUES BY DESIGN
Abstract: As we draw closer to a time when more of our lives will be seen and perceived as digital or virtual in nature, it is imperative for each of us to codify and live to the values we hold most dear. Ethics in this regard is not about which morals we choose to live our real/virtual lives by, but making sure in the age of the “personalization algorithm” we still have the ability to do so.
12:30 – 12:45PM – Formal Interaction
12:45 – 1:00PM
Writer and transhumanist politician,
Author of The Transhumanist Wager.
Title: AN EXPLORATION OF RIGHTS AND PERSPECTIVES OF TRANSHUMANIST PERSONS IN VIRTUAL REALITY
Abstract: In the near future, virtual worlds will challenge the very notion of being a human being. Ideas like uploaded consciousness, virtual marriage, and whether we should seek to procreate in the virtual world are important but thorny ideas that need addressing. In my speech, I will explore some of the most pressing issues of futurist transhuman persons and ask how current social institutions in the physical world will serve us in the virtual world. I will also address the moral landscape that might change from a limited physical world to a limitless virtual world, and how that might benefit and also challenge the human psyche. I endorse the virtual world and all that humanity might become in it, but I also recognize we must strive to tread carefully, as the virtual place we are entering is unlike any place we have ever been before.
1:00 – 1:15PM – Formal Interaction
1:15 – 1:30PM
Secretary and Board Member of Humanity+,
Chair of London Futurists,
Editor of Anticipating 2025,
Editor of Anticipating Tomorrow’s Politics.
Title: ESTABLISHING FUTURISTIC RIGHTS – LESSONS FROM THE CURRENT EXAMPLE OF REGULATIONS GOVERNING GENOME EDITING
1:30 – 1:45PM – Formal Interaction
1:45 – 2:00PM
Associate Professor, Philosophy & Cognitive Science Program, University of Connecticut,
Yale Interdisciplinary Institute For Bioethics, Yale University,
Fellow, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton,
Author, The Language of Thought – A New Philosophical Direction,
Editor, The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness,
Editor, Science Fiction and Philosophy: From Time Travel to Superintelligence.
Title: MINDS, MACHINES, PERSONS
Abstract: Can sophisticated AGI (such as uploads and superintelligences) be conscious? Can they be persons? Could someone really upload and survive the death of their brain, or would they just create a copy that is a distinct conscious being? I mull over the latest philosophical issues as well as introducing the “hard problem of machine consciousness” and a “detectibility problem” for determining whether superintelligence is conscious. I explain how these issues have legal significance.
2:00 – 2:15PM – Formal Interaction
2:15 – 2:30PM
Inventor & Systems Technologist,
2:30 – 2:45PM – Formal Interaction
2:45PM – Closing and Informal Interaction
Each year on December 10th, International Human Rights Day, Terasem conducts a Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons. The event seeks to provide the public with informed perspectives regarding the legal rights and obligations of “futuristic persons” via VR events with expert presentations and discussions. Terasem hopes to facilitate development of
“a body of law covering the rights and obligations of entities that transcend, and yet encompass, conventional conceptions of humanness.”
It’s more and more evident that humanity and technology will co-evolve, with organic life enhanced by synthetic biology and artificial intelligence, and artificial life powered by mind grafts from human uploads, blending more and more until it will be impossible – and pointless – to tell which is which. The first generations of futuristic persons – sentient Artificial Intelligences (AIs), human mind uploads, and hybrids – are coming, and it’s important to prepare the way.
Current-generation virtual worlds like Second Life are, of course, very primitive compared with the future virtual worlds where many futuristic persons will live. Next-generation platforms like Philip Rosedales High Fidelity and Linden Lab’s Project Sansar are coming in 2016 with support for immersive Virtual Reality (VR) headsets and interfaces, which is likely to trigger a new, massive wave of interest in virtual worlds. Come to the 2015 Colloquium in Second Life, and get ready for future Terasem events in next-generation virtual worlds.
You are invited! I look forward to seeing you in Second Life on Thursday, December 10, and I am available for live help.